November 13, 2018 (by Oliver Drury) - Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has delivered the first Royal Bahraini Air Force C-130J aircraft.
RBAF C-130J #702 is seen on a test flight from Marshalls Aerospace at Cambridge Airport on October 26, 2018. [Photo by Matt Varley]
The Bahrain Defence Force recently purchased two Royal Air Force C-130J aircraft from the UK Ministry of Defence and contracted Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group to carry out depth maintenance, ensure entry into service and provide elements of an initial operational capability set up.
After completing a depth maintenance inspection in Cambridge, United Kingdom, which included some minor modifications and a full aircraft repaint, #702
was delivered to the customer. It is anticipated that the aircraft could attend the prestigious Bahrain Air Show on the 14th November 2018.
Duncan Eldridge, Managing Director of Military Aerospace at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group commented: "Our knowledge, skills and experience gained over 50 years on the C-130 platform enabled us to support the Bahrain Defence Force and the Royal Bahraini Air Force with their new aircraft. Through working collaboratively and innovatively, we have delivered this important milestone in the programme – everyone involved should be proud of this achievement."
Matthew Harvey, International Sales Director Military Aerospace for Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group commented: "Delivery of this aircraft sees the first Government to Government transfer of a C-130J and the Kingdom of Bahrain enter the C-130 community as a new operator – we support more than 15 countries on the C-130 platform and the capability it delivers is proven. We look forward to continuing to support the Kingdom of Bahrain."